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A collection of answers to your frequently asked questions about nonprofit and business funding, grants, and operations.


Where can I find emergency financial resources to help with hardships resulting from COVID-19?

With an increase in hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GrantWatch has compiled this list of financial resources for its users.

Please note: this list is an informational resource. We are adding resources as we become aware of them.

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Where can I find emergency financial resources to help with COVID-19 hardships?

Resources for Nonprofit

  • Grant funding for coronavirus (COVID-19) – There are 1,017 COVID-19 grants and loans for nonprofit.
  • Find Your State Association of Nonprofits map – Click on your state to find your nonprofit state association’s website on the National Council of Nonprofits’ map. Your state association will have additional local resources as well as the latest COVID-19 news affecting nonprofits in your area.
  • CARES Act: How to Apply for Nonprofit Relief Funds – This guide was created by Independent Sector
  • State Public Policy Resources on COVID-19 – This page presents COVID-19 resources relating to state-level public policies. The page was compiled by The National Council of Nonprofits. It provided nonprofit-specific materials from state officials and useful resources on what states are doing in response to COVID-19.
  • Esri (GIS) Disaster Response Program – Esri is providing the ArcGIS Hub Coronavirus Response template. It’s complimentary for a six-month subscription of ArcGIS Online with ArcGIS Hub Basic. The ArcGIS Hub is a framework to build your own website to visualize and analyze the COVID-19 crisis in the context of your organization’s or community’s population and assets.
  • Nationwide list of community foundation relief efforts – A list of more than 600 U.S. community foundations in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. These foundations have created relief funds to support those affected by COVID-19 — directing critical relief to local nonprofits and partnering with local governments and health organizations to help contain its spread.
  • New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. – They provide no-cost consulting services for all New York State nonprofits. They help nonprofits to navigate federal emergency loan programs.
  • Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees COVID-19 Resources – They list resources for nonprofit organizations working with immigrants & refugees.
  • The NDN Collective COVID-19 Response Project – NDN Collective’s mission is to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet. They Provide immediate relief to Tribal Nations, front line Indigenous-led organizations, and individuals who are providing essential services to Indigenous communities in North America during the COVID-19 pandemic within the next 15-45 days to provide gap resources during this health crisis.
  • Wild Apricot COVID-19 Relief  – Free three-month sponsored plan for any organization that is 100% dedicated to COVID-19 relief efforts.

How do I start a nonprofit organization?

A nonprofit organization (NPO), also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is an institution that has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

Starting a nonprofit


​How do I get a DUNS Number?

Check to see if you already have a DUNS Number
The Federal government requires that all applicants for Federal grants and cooperative agreements with the exception of. individuals other than sole proprietors have a DUNS number. The Federal government will use the DUNS number to better identify related organizations that are receiving funding under grants and cooperative agreements and to provide consistent name and address data for electronic grant applications.  https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/duns_num_guide.pdf


Where can I find grant proposal templates?

Grant proposal templates


Where can I find General Tips on Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal & Budget?

Here is a top 10 list of the "To-Dos of Grant Writing/Proposal Submission"


Where can I find grants for small businesses?

GrantWatch has over 1000 grants for small businesses, corporations, and LLC. You can find grants for startup businesses from the government, state, local federal, and foundation grant funding.

Grants for small businesses 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a nonprofit organization?

The advantages and disadvantages of starting a nonprofit


Where can I find demographic information about my community?

Before starting a nonprofit or business, finding demographic information can help your nonprofit/business to better identify your community's needs and to find gaps in its services.

  • US Census Bureau - The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy
  • TIGERweb is a web-based system that allows users to visualize Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing database - TIGER data in several ways.
  • The Urban Institute's interactive maps are for researchers, students, journalists, elected officials, and the public on the state of metropolitan economies.

Where can I find grants for women?

Find grants for women entrepreneurs, seed money to individual women, college grants for women, small business grants for women, enterprise grants, and grants for minority women.

Six Grants You Need to Know About for Your Woman-Owned Business

How to Get Grants for Women, Essential Workers, and Minorities

How can we raise money for a person or family in need?

You can find grants for individuals on GrantWatch.com-  or, you may connect with a nonprofit and can assist you in raising funds on YouHelp.com

What is a Foundation?

A foundation is a legal category of a nonprofit organization or a charitable trust that donate funds and support to other organizations, institutions, or individuals for its own charitable purposes. There are two foundation types: private foundations and grantmaking public charities.

How many nonprofit organizations are registered in the U.S.?

These 1.56 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S. They comprise a diverse range of nonprofits, including art, health, education, and advocacy nonprofits; labor unions; and business and professional associations.